To Robert R. Livingston
Washington Apl. 9. 1802
Mr. Latil1 a Frenchman by birth, but a Citizen of the U. States for near 20 years past, being about making a visit to his native Country, is desirous of being known to you. I have reason to believe that he possesses sufficient respectability and merit to entitle him to your civilities, and I therefore readily ask the favor of them in his behalf. I do it the more so as he has generally resided in Virginia, and consequently considers himself as doubly a fellow Citizen with me, and as I understand that he has no object in his visit, that can make my introduction or your countenance a departure from the general rules respectively laid down for ourselves. With highest respect & regard I am Dr. Sir your most obed set.